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Friday 12/07/91 – An Inspirational Visit

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

We went to visit my friend, whose daughter is profoundly deaf and she attended the Carel du Toit Centre years ago, in the morning. The daughter is going to university in America – Galadette.

It is the last time we shall see her as she leaves on 24 July.

Hughan had fun on her swings and pushed a trailer around the garden.

He also joined in with Vil and her son playing cricket.

We went to the cricket club in the afternoon.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Thursday 11/07/91 – Blowing Bubbles

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. .

We blew bubbles and Thomas, the dog, was jumping up and biting them. Hughan thought this was great fun and was keen to blow more and more bubbles.

We had a visit to Vil’s school. I went to get Vil’s work for Cape Town. Hughan wanted to join in the class and looked for a chair to sit by Vil. When it was time to leave he was quite happy to say goodbye.

A friend came for tea with her five month old daughter and Hughan thought maybe she could play with him. My friend put her daughter in her bouncer seat so she could watch Hughan play with his garage.

Hughan opened the gates today when our friends were leaving, so we are going to have to lock the gate now.

In the afternoon we went to our usual play group for tea. The children decided it would be a great idea to make a mud puddle in the back garden.

It was only when we went to leave that we saw what had been going on and why we had not seen the children running about as usual. Hughan watched the fun. The big boys had been throwing mud at each other.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Wednesday 10/07/91 – Painting A Bus

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

Today I cut out the aeroplane from inside the egg boxes we get. Hughan enjoyed playing with it when I had made it.

I went to Vil’s school to listen to the children read.

At dinner time I drew Hughan a bus, which he asked for. He says ‘bu’ for bus.

(This is a picture of Hughan painting the bus I drew for him)

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(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

 

Tuesday 09/07/91 – A Jumping Castle

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

We went to see friends for tea. Hughan and his friend played with trucks, buses and tractors. They also played well together.

Our friends have a cat and Hughan was saying ‘at’ (for cat) and ‘meow’.

Vil was out for lunch.

Hughan and I went to a party in the afternoon. They had a jumping castle which Hughan enjoyed for three quarters of the time we were there.

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He joins in well with the others and copies them often, with what they are doing.

He decided to try climbing a tree today.

We went and fetched Vil at our friends house, again we went on the bumpy road and Hughan says ‘bum, bum, bum!’

While I get the boys dinner ready they love drawing pictures.

 

I ask Hughan ‘what should mummy draw?’ and tonight he said ‘uck’ (for truck) – so I drew him a truck.

He drew in the road. He put in the sun and he kept drawing while I was busy.

Vil also enjoys drawing.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Monday 08/07/91 – Playing With Toy Aeroplanes

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

Hughan and I played with his aeroplanes, airport, cars and road mat.

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Hughan tries to say ‘helicopter’ and he is also trying to say ’up in the air’.

I went to candlewicking class and Hughan was very happy to stay at home. He went and opened the gate.

Vil had tennis in the afternoon.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Sunday 07/07/91 – Willem Goes Motor Racing

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

Over the weekend we went to a dirt track car racing meeting.

Willem’s boss is racing a car. He came third in the first race.

Willem went with him in the next race and they rolled the car which smashed the windscreen and they landed upside down. Well this was not stopping them racing! They then used goggles and crash helmets (as there was no glass) and proceeded to win the next two races.

The noise at the track was loud. Hughan was very aware of the noise.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Friday 05/07/91 – Lunch With Friends

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

We had friends for lunch today. Hughan and I went to pick them up at school. Then we all went to pick Vil up at his school.

The children played well.

I dropped the children home and took Hughan to a party.

We could only stay a short time as Vil had to be at cricket at four o’clock.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Thursday 04/07/91 – Picture Books

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

We had a morning at home. We looked through Hughan’s books (we were sticking pictures into little books, so that if Hughan wanted to tell he something, he could sometimes use the books to help him explain what he was saying)) and discussed each picture.

Afternoon tea was at a friend’s house.

We went down the bumpy road to get there and Hughan was saying ‘bum, bum, bum (bump, bump, bump)’.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Wednesday 03/07/91 – Trying To Repeat The Words

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

I hid the toy cars for Hughan, around the house using all the rooms.

We went through the actions – slow, fast, stop, go, pull and push – also swinging and picking me up (I picked Hughan up and he was trying to pick me up).

Hughan tried to repeat all the words as I was saying it (this was great fun).

I went to school to listen to Vil’s class reading.

Hughan rode his tricycle in the kitchen before dinner using the pedals. He was very pleased with himself.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Tuesday 02/07/91 – Pretending To Drive

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

We drew a bee on a piece of paper and played with it making a ‘buzzing’ noise.

We went to our morning play group and sewing.

Vil went to a friend’s house for lunch.

Hughan is so funny driving his imaginary wheel in the car. He was determined we were going to fetch Vil today. He was saying ‘O ome’(no home) shaking his head.

We went down the bumpy road today to our friends house and he said ‘um,um,um’ for ‘bump’.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )